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    I run a non-profit educational program here in Cabrera (and have done so for the past 10 years). Last Sunday, August 4th, one of our past Esperanza Project volunteers, a 24 year old Canadian, graduate of Waterloo University in Ontario, Ananta Tandon, was in a motorcycle accident here in the centre of Cabrera. Tragically, after 4 days in hospital in Nagua, Ananta passed away due to injuries to her head and brain. Although Ananta did own and usually wear a helmet, Ananta was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident took place on a quiet back street of Cabrera, not even on a main road. In honour of Ananta, we are starting a campaign to provide helmets for the people of Cabrera and also raise awareness on the importance of helmets towards saving lives in the country as a whole. As you all know, every year there are countless motorcycle accidents in the Dominican Republic and many of the most severe injuries or deaths could be prevented with the use of a helmet. Please help spread the word in honour of this beautiful young girl who had only visited the country a few times but had fallen in love with it, and sadly spent her final days here, at such a young age.

    $50 USD will buy a good quality motorcycle helmet for an adult or child

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/helmets-f...-ananta-tandon

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelHippo View Post
    I run a non-profit educational program here in Cabrera (and have done so for the past 10 years). Last Sunday, August 4th, one of our past Esperanza Project volunteers, a 24 year old Canadian, graduate of Waterloo University in Ontario, Ananta Tandon, was in a motorcycle accident here in the centre of Cabrera. Tragically, after 4 days in hospital in Nagua, Ananta passed away due to injuries to her head and brain. Although Ananta did own and usually wear a helmet, Ananta was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident took place on a quiet back street of Cabrera, not even on a main road. In honour of Ananta, we are starting a campaign to provide helmets for the people of Cabrera and also raise awareness on the importance of helmets towards saving lives in the country as a whole. As you all know, every year there are countless motorcycle accidents in the Dominican Republic and many of the most severe injuries or deaths could be prevented with the use of a helmet. Please help spread the word in honour of this beautiful young girl who had only visited the country a few times but had fallen in love with it, and sadly spent her final days here, at such a young age.

    $50 USD will buy a good quality motorcycle helmet for an adult or child

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/helmets-f...-ananta-tandon
    As a motorcycle rider that has been "Down" on a few occasions. Helmets save lives! When you go "Down" you can't control if you are going to slide or roll down the road hitting your head. I walked from an accident and literally tore up my jacket and helmet, which had scrape marks all over it. I would also like to add about wearing gloves & boots!


    "There are two types of riders! The one that has been "Down" and the one that is going "Down"" - NY State Trooper (FDR Drive).

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    Condolences to the family of the young lady. Very sad.

    Helmets save lives. I went down once and bounced off a car once. My brother and pregnant GF T-boned a Caddie with his Electra Glide.

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    Very sad. May she RIP
    The reason we live here is bc my wife had a moto accident in canada, that helmet saved her life!

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    I went down on a street that a lady has spread laundry soap on to wash the street in front of her house. I had a helmet but I was wearing shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt only. It was on Triumph 750.
    Basically I rode the sliding bike and did not hit my head but tore significant flesh with bad road rash on a leg and elbow.
    I was 29 then but I am too old to think of healing from that kind of injury now.

    Helmets are required by law. Someday Digisett will actually enforce the law instead of once every two weeks for 4 hours at roadside checkpoint. .
    The motos spread the word when and where the checkpoints are set up, so they avoid them.

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    A helmet is 100% necessary anywhere, but especially in the DR. To really save your head, you need a DOT approved helmet, and some of the crap they sell in the hardware stores in the DR are not DOT approved, and are little more then flimsy pieces of plastic. Don't get me wrong, anything is better than nothing, but for my friends and I, I cannot imagine riding without a full-face helmet.

    You also need some kind of eye-protection, and that's where a full-face helmet comes into play with the rain, insects, rocks, etc.

    One problem i noticed is that when someone doesn't spend their own money on a good helmet, they tend to not take care of the visor, which overtime, gets scratched up really bad...making it almost a hazard to use.

    So, i would strongly recommend that you invest in something DOT approved, and preferably with a visor, but you'll need to instruct people how to take care of the visor so that they don't scratch it up to the point where its a hazard to see out of.

    Sorry for your lose, but you're on the right track with the helmets.

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    A helmet saved my life as a 15 year old. Motorcycle wreck. Broke some bones and was in a wheelchair for the entire summer.

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    Maybe the Dominican drivers license bureau should mandate those applying for a moto license---or, really, any vehicle operating license---watch a flim of bashed in skulls, mangled bodies and wailing bereaved mothers from moto accidents.

    In 10th grade Drivers Ed. we had to watch a flim called Signal 30, a rather gruesome 1959 OH State Patrol film about what happens to human bodies in car accidents in graphic, uncensored detail. Certainly got my attention. Girls literally fainted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank12 View Post
    A helmet is 100% necessary anywhere, but especially in the DR. To really save your head, you need a DOT approved helmet, and some of the crap they sell in the hardware stores in the DR are not DOT approved, and are little more then flimsy pieces of plastic. Don't get me wrong, anything is better than nothing, but for my friends and I, I cannot imagine riding without a full-face helmet.

    You also need some kind of eye-protection, and that's where a full-face helmet comes into play with the rain, insects, rocks, etc.

    One problem i noticed is that when someone doesn't spend their own money on a good helmet, they tend to not take care of the visor, which overtime, gets scratched up really bad...making it almost a hazard to use.

    So, i would strongly recommend that you invest in something DOT approved, and preferably with a visor, but you'll need to instruct people how to take care of the visor so that they don't scratch it up to the point where its a hazard to see out of.

    Sorry for your lose, but you're on the right track with the helmets.
    I've seen some of those cheap Chinese "helmets" fall off handlebars (rider hanging & not using).
    They crack and pieces fly off just under the helmet's own weight. I imagine they protect nothing.
    A real helmet, DOT approved, will be $100 and up and a real full face quality one can go to $800 if you really want the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chico bill View Post
    I've seen some of those cheap Chinese "helmets" fall off handlebars (rider hanging & not using).
    They crack and pieces fly off just under the helmet's own weight. I imagine they protect nothing.
    A real helmet, DOT approved, will be $100 and up and a real full face quality one can go to $800 if you really want the best.
    Unfortunately the DOT designation is self-reporting. SNELL is absurdly expensive, and no evidence the protection in real life is better than DOT. ECE is a good spec. and often goes with the honest DOT spec.

    Any helmet can crack, even decent ones. It depends on the force. A DOT helmet is supposed to protect a head from falling the distance verticle off the back of a motorcycle, about 4' or so.
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